Maybe she plays a Joan of Arc role. Insignificant in a tactical way, but a symbolic inspiration point that galvanizes Allied morale. Or maybe it takes LOTR's theory that even just one person can make a difference and takes it to the Nth degree. Edith Keeler was the one wild card which would lead to an Axis victory in WWII, maybe a longer lived Earhardt does something that sets off a massive change that speeds up the Allied victory.
Of all the old series he could revisit, he chooses that one? I would find a sequel to Toxic Spell Dump more interesting. Or more Bill Williamson and Rekek stories. Even Basil Argyros. Or an unexplored region of Atlantis or Videssos.
"No Period," pub date Nov 30. Is it about a future where women's bodies are engineered to eliminate the need for monthlies?
So we'll get new sections for Bubonic plague and Constantinople, at least.
For some reason, the title "Character" suggests to me Six Characters in Search of an Author. But it could be just a story about a person with strong character,
It's the same with many of DC Comics' Elseworld specials. Too many of them seemed to think that the mere premise of "But look, the familiar characters are in a different setting!" or "But look, something else is different!" is enough to sell a book, without even trying to come up with a remotely convincing story.
Another example of a one-sentence summary being better than the actual book/movie is Bubba Ho-tep, the 2002 B-movie featuring Bruce Campbell. The entire story can be boiled down to a statement with fewer words than are in this sentence: "Elvis Presley secretly hunted mummies." The movie (like the novella it's based on, to which it is faithful almost to precise verbatim) takes this basic premise and does absolutely NOTHING interesting with it.
TP&TP isn't one of the great ones, but it isn't awful. It feels like a rush job to come up with something shocking for a deadline.
I think The Simpsons have fixed ages. Bart is 10 if I remember rightly. In any 1993 episode he'd be born in 1983, in any 1997 episode he'd be born in 1987, etc. Charles M. Burns is usually 104, but a curveball is thrown every now and then. In one 1997 episode, he has saved his original share certificate from Confederated Slave Holdings. Other matters of chronology and backstory for any character can be changed at the drop of a hat for the sake of a gag. There was never any expectation of strict continuity. That is why I have no problem with the much reviled episode "The Principal and the Pauper". It's not supposed to be a cheap and dirty retcon, it's a gag episode which is funny specifically because it's out-of-continuity and doesn't make sense in the Simpsons universe.
I remember in the 1980s-90s, DC Comics did tpbs of The Greatest _____ Stories Ever Told (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, etc.) and half the entries in each book were pretty crappy.
I heard through the grapevine that Stephen Silver wrote: "Subterreanean Press has announced that they will be published a collection The Best of Harry Turtledove in April of 2021."
This sounds too good to be true for recent HT. He's cloven to the same WWII foot-soldier formula so long, that much innovation seems unlikely. The concept reminds me a bit of the Billy Mitchell story by William Sanders in Alternate Generals 1.
Do we have a title and/or release date for that submarine novel yet?
I think the advent of Drumpf's presidency was crucial in causing that aversion to go out the window.
HT's statement about Watergate suggests that we'll get a new item for the Dick Nixon Gets Dicked column. I wonder if we'll also get basis for a Gerald Ford article, since part of the story supposedly takes place in 1975.
About the sub thing, is it AH? The snippets dropped above suggest that it's more of a secret history, with a theme like an X Files episode. Oddly enough, wikipedia relates that the K-129 incident has been the inspiration for a movie called Phantom, with David Duchovny, but not under the X Files banner.
Is it a sequel to LDF in the nature of the Allister Park sequel? SM Stirling did an LDF sequel called The Apotheosis of Martin Padway which HT edited for The Enchanter Completed. But it took place 500 years after Padway's adopted lifetime, so I guess there's plenty of room for in between stuff if HT chooses to cleave to the same timeline.
Is this the relevant submarine? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet_submarine_K-129_(1960)
I'm afraid Bill "Prez" McKinley doesn't justify a hist ref. This minor character could have a lit comm saying all that needs to be said about his moniker. There is a reference to Cleveland in The Maltese Elephant, but it's not worth anything either. It's just saying that one character handed another some pieces of money bearing Cleveland's image. This story is not AH, and there have been several now-defunct US bills featuring Cleveland, so there is no insight worth mentioning.